Quick, before I get Sidetrack'd

In which I discuss my dislike of coats

Thoughtfully penned on December 8th, 2011 and generally concerning Life with littles, Winter

I’m not much of a cold weather person (Matt is laughing right now). In fact, I’ve mentioned a time or thirty that I would prefer to live south of the Tennessee/Kentucky border for the entirety of my life. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do sometimes dream of living in beautiful New England or maybe Minnesota…but only during the Summer.

Why do I dislike cold? Well, it could be because I’m pretty much cold all the time.

But I’ve recently decided that my number one, all-time reason for disliking cold weather is coats! “Coats?” you say. Yes, coats. Let me explain.

I have four children and two arms. I have a baby (almost 4 months) and a toddler (almost 23 months) which means I almost always have one diaper bag with me and often two. I’m often found wearing someone and/or pushing someone while trying to hold two or three hands. And my children are children; meaning they don’t like to deal with their own belongings. Coats are just one more thing to keep up with. Like four children to keep up with isn’t enough in and of itself.

And not only do I have to keep up with coats, I have to add ten minutes to our “get out the door” time in order to get everyone into their coats. Then there is the terrible hassle of buckling them in car seats in coats. Or taking coats off when we get to the car and putting them on again when we reach our destination.

When it’s cold enough that we need hats and mittens? That not only adds to the hassle but multiplies it exponentially!

So if I tell you we can’t go somewhere this winter, it just might be because it would require us to wear coats.

Noise from the peanut gallery

  1. I couldn’t agree more!

  2. Totally agree.

  3. That one is adorable in her coat & hat.

  4. YES….. a thousand times YES! This is the truth and the only reason I hate cold weather!

  5. Try getting 14 2 year olds in coats, hats, and mittens so you can go out for maybe 30 mins and we have to do that twice a day. It takes at least 15 mins to put them on and then you have to come in and take them back off and put away. Don’t forget finding and picking up all the pieces on the playground because they take them off and throw them down but remember them when its time to go in and lose it because they lost their mittens! Good thing my coat has deep pockets because I fill them up with hats and mittens every time we go out. Now that is the reason I HATE coats. or should I say strongly dislike!!